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EEOC Appoints Franklin-Thomas new District Director of EEOC’s Memphis District Office

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Former Regional Attorney and Director of the Birmingham District Office named new District Director

Diener Franklin-Thomas is a 28-year employee of the EEOC and was the former director of the Birmingham District Office since 2006. Her EEOC career started in 1990 as a trial attorney in the New York District Office and then became the Regional Attorney of the Miami District Office in 1998. While she was the Regional Attorney she also served as a planning and presenting faculty member for the EEOC’s National Trial Skills Program. Ms. Franklin-Thomas is a four time recipient of the Chair’s Organizational Performance Award which is the highest honor conferred within the EEOC. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Committee on Employment Rights and Responsibilities where she has served as a subcommittee chairperson.

According to the EEOC Press Release,during her tenure as Director of the Birmingham District, Ms. Franklin-Thomas served as a member of the Executive Resources Review Board, which serves as an advisor to the EEOC Chair and provides general oversight of the management of all executive resources, the Co-Chair of the Committee of Advisors for Systemic Enforcement, which serves to evaluate and make recommendations for EEOC’s systemic program, as a member of EXCEL Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Peer Review Board, charged with reviewing and evaluating the performance appraisal of Senior Executives and making final recommendations to the Chair on each executive’s final performance rating and award. Her leadership of the Birmingham District was recognized by the Birmingham Metropolitan NAACP with the 2016 Civil Rights Agency of the Year Award.

Prior to joining EEOC, Ms. Franklin-Thomas worked as a Legal Consultant and Project Director for Legal Outreach, Inc., a legal education program affiliated with Columbia University, School of Law. She also served as a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert M. McRae, Jr., former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Ms. Franklin-Thomas is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University, School of Law.

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